Investing In the "Futures" Market
"Bat-man" Jose Guillen
By Farid Rushdi for the Beltway Boys
Washington Nationals General Manager Jim Bowden announced Friday that the club has exercised their 2006 option year for rightfielder Jose Guillen. The contract, signed by Guillen with Bowden and Nats manager Frank Robinson looking on, will pay him $4 million dollars for 2006.
Guillen, playing for his seventh major league team since 1997, has expressed his desire to finish his career in Washington. "It feels great just to be here in Washington for a long period of time," Guillen said. "I don't want to be here for one year. I just want to be in one place for a long period of time. I want to make Washington my home. I'm going to do the best I can to stay here."
Guillen was traded to the Nationals during the off season for two relatively obscure Expos players. Coming to Washington with Guillen was his "baggage," the reason for the lopsided trade. After being pulled for a pinch hitter last September, Guillen lost his cool and threw his helmet at Angels' manager Mike Scoscia and was suspended for the rest of the season. "He has been nothing but a perfect gentlemen" said GM Bowden.
Guillen and fellow outfielder Brad Wilkerson are the two players to build a champion around, two important cogs to have on the field when the Nationals begin play in their new stadium in 2008. So far, so good.